Last of Ligue 1, the ASSE will do everything possible to get out of the red zone according to the assurances of Claude Puel, before the match against FC Metz, Saturday (17h). But how will he and his team, lacking confidence and efficiency, go about it?
ASSE: Puel waits for the click to restore confidence
In 11 league days, ASSE has still not won a match. Claude Puel’s players conceded 6 defeats, including 5 in a row, and 5 draws. They are thus good last with 5 small points before facing FC Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien, Saturday. A match for which the coach of theAS Saint-Étienne was in a press conference on Thursday. And when passing in front of the media, he gave the key to get the Greens out of the relegation zone. According to the technician Castrais, it is imperative a victory, which would be the trigger for the gradual rise in the classification.
“Would the first victory constitute a fundamental click? This is important of course. The group needs to be rewarded for their efforts. Everybody needs this. Players, staff, club and obviously supporters “, he replied. “We need positive, but the more we keep our intentions, the closer we get to it”, said Claude Puel.
Sainté must “capitalize his profligacy of energy”
In addition to the desired click, the boss of the technical staff of the ASSE asked his players to be hyper decisive. “We know very well that at some point you have to capitalize on the profligacy of energy. We need to improve a lot on our concentration. It’s really frustrating to do these productions and not go to the end”, he asked. Against FC Metz, also in trouble (19th with 6 points), the Saint-Etienne are naturally aiming for their first victory.
Claude Puel expects “a strong match against an athletic team that plays at home and is a little like the Greens”. To return from the Moselle with the three points, the coach of the Stéphanois thinks that it “will have to have the psychological ascendancy”.